Artist Jenny Saville, a figurative painter, creates work that explores the grotesque, depicting people in various stages of transformation, injury, malign, and distortion.  Her “Closed Contact” series, created between 1995 and 1996, are graphic self-portraits depicting Saville nude lying on Plexiglass and photographed from below by Glen Luchford.  The resulting images explore concepts of body dimorphism, femininity, obesity, aging, and beauty.  She says, “The images offer, not a story, but an experience that begins in visceral uneasiness and gradually shifts to a haunted serenity.  The discomfort is complicated.  It is triggered partly by our sense of the instantaneous monstrosity of a normal human transformed by the spreading of the shape beyond what we understood as normal.”

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville

More of Saville’s work can be viewed on the Gagosian Gallery website.

-Jayme Catalano